Customs Seize N1.9bn Goods In Kaduna, Say Bandits Aiding Smugglers

Chedi claims smugglers are using dangerous routes that are under bandits’ control to smuggle contraband items into the country.

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has tightened surveillance and security at all the land borders within the North-West Zone, as part of measures to clamp down on smugglers of contraband goods and hoarders of food items in the zone.

This is as the Comptroller of Zone B Federal Operations Unit of the service, Dalha Chedi, raised the alarm of how smugglers are using dangerous routes that are under bandits’ control in Katsina and Zamfara States to smuggle contraband items into the country.

He stated this on Friday while showcasing the seized contraband items from smugglers between January to February worth over N1.9 billion.

Chedi said the presidential directive on border closure with the Niger Republic and others is still in full force, stating that the Nigeria Customs Service in collaboration with other security agencies have intensified surveillance in all land boarders and dangerous dark spots across the North-West and North-Central zones, to checkmate activities of smugglers.

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“On the 3rd February 2024, the operatives of the Unit arrested Three (3) Trucks along Gumel-Kano road in Jigawa State. The arrest was made following information shared by the intelligence network of the NCS-Headquarters, Abuja on the suspicion that they were conveying prohibited items,” he stated.

“Hundred percent (100%) physically examination was conducted at the premises of Kano/Jigawa Command and the Three (3) trucks were found to contained 5076 Cartons of Foreign soap, 703 bales of Foreign second-hand clothing, 925 cartons of macaroni, 320 bales of foreign textiles and 12 Jumbo sacks of foreign used shoes.

“Two (2) suspects were arrested and detained at the Kano/Jigawa Command in connection with the seizures and they have been granted administrative bail pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.”

The comptroller highlighted that the nation’s borders were excessively permeable, posing a challenge for customs surveillance, particularly in areas where bandits were situated.

The comptroller announced that customs would be collaborating with other security agencies to close off all unlawful borders in areas such as Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi.